What new ideas and techniques do you think we'll all be using next year?
and will we be turning our back on IE6 for good?
interested in what Doctype users think.
These are entirely my own opinions:
IE6 will still be around for at least another 1, 2 years. Good thing is the numbers will drop drastically.
HTML5? I really doubt so, it might start crawling in a few years time but it might start another browser incompatibility nightmare. Too early to tell anyway, but defintely not a technology for 2010.
CSS3 on the other hand should be a welcomed new comer though I doubt 2010 will be the year. It should be well implemented in all major browsers including IE 9.
We'll continue to see lots more Web 2.0/AJAX stuff. jQuery will be getting ever more popular. Get ready for avalanche of cool plugins!
Looking forward to see more posts from the fellow DocTypers!
From Wikipedia, here's an excerpt:
Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML5 specification, expects the specification to reach the W3C Candidate Recommendation stage during 2012, and W3C Recommendation in the year 2022 or later.....
I agree with o.k.w.
But i think that CSS3 will get even more popular. There are not that many disadvantages in using it already. Users without full CSS3 Support won't really recognize it.
I also guess that jQuery will become more popular and that we will see many nice animations and shine effects :)
But where will the Design lead us? I'm afraid that it will go straight the Apple Way. There are already a lot of "Apple-Like" Designs out in the web, and i think we will see much more of them.
I also think it's too early for HTML5. Another browser version iteration or two and we'll probably really see how widespread its support and usage will be.
I do, however, think that 2010 will see MUCH more CSS3. Support is already getting to where it needs to be, there has been loads of tinkering by plenty of top-notch designers, and people are very eager to take advantage of it.
As far as IE6 goes, I think that the trend will continue: more and more designers will be fed up with trying to support it and turn their back on it, which will lead to the continuation of users upgrading. Its days are numbered, and I think (hope) that by the end of the year it will barely be a whisper.
Great answers so far.
Technology-wise, I think some advances are on the way in offline usage and data-storage. Like what Google has done with GMail offline (and their other products).
Design-wise: drop-shadows and gradients? :-) Not new design choices by any means, but with the ability to accomplish these in CSS3 without a graphics program and server overhead, we may see them in a different way.
@font-face. Lots and lots of new fonts! :-)
@Sven : Going the Apple way is not a problem. These websites tend to be very nice, clean and usable. I'm not sure why you should be afraid of that.
Everything I do is html5, and css3 when applicable or usable.
I see IE falling to less than 50% usage by year's end while Firefox takes over as the most used browser. Chrome, with the help of ChromeOS will play a significant role but it's not to come out till end of the year so it's influence may be too late for 2010, but the potential is there for it to leapfrog IE as the browser of choice for everyday users.
Speaking of Google. It's apps will be used more and more and sites/users will be interfacing with it like never before.
2010 should be the year when we break away from insisting websites looking the same in different browsers, and while supporting old coot version 6 browsers, extra prettiness is shown to those who give a damn about their browsing experience.
Other than that, as George pointed out above, typography should get some focus and consequently more attention should be spent on copywriting and using text content as a bigger part of visuals.
Oh right, and then there's the whole tablet thing =]